Rabiu Afolabi

Date of birth18 April 1980
Place of birthOsobo
NationalityNigerian
Weight75 kg
Height1.79 m
PositionDefender

Afolabi began his career at NEPA FC in Nigeria before moving to Belgium to play for Standard Liege in 1997.

His performances led to him being a member of the Nigerian Youth team at the African and World Championships in 1999 and an international debut in June 2000 against Sierra Leone.

He moved to Italy to play for Napoli on loan in 2000 but after an unhappy spell moved back to Standard Liege and established himself as one of the best defenders playing in Belgium.

He was surprisingly left out of the African Nations' Cup Finals.

A graceful no nonsense stopper.

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
2001-02 Standard Liège Jupiler League 6
3
3
2001-02 Standard Liège UEFA Cup 1
2005-06 FC Sochaux Montbeliard French Championnat 31
1
1
3
1
2010-11 Red Bull Salzburg UEFA Europa League 2
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
12 Aug 2001 RSC Charleroi v Standard Liege D 0-0 Jupiler League 1
13 Oct 2001 Standard Liège v Royal Antwerp D 0-0 Jupiler League 9
21 Oct 2001 La Louviere v Standard Liège D 0-0 Jupiler League 10
27 Oct 2001 Standard Liège v Anderlecht D 0-0 Jupiler League 11
01 Nov 2001 Standard Liège v Bordeaux D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
04 Nov 2001 RC Genk v Standard Liège D 0-0 Jupiler League 12
24 Nov 2001 Standard Liège v Lierse SK D 0-0 Jupiler League 13
28 Nov 2001 AA Ghent v Standard Liège D 0-0 Jupiler League 16
02 Dec 2001 Club Brugge v Standard Liège D 0-0 Jupiler League 14
22 Dec 2001 Westerlo v Standard Liège D 0-0 Jupiler League 6


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1998-99 Nigeria World Youth Cup 5
1
1999-00 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 1
1999-00 Nigeria Olympics 1
2000-01 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 1
2001-02 Nigeria International Friendly 1
2006-07 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 3
2007-08 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 1
1
2007-08 Nigeria International Friendly 2
1
2009-10 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 1
1
2009-10 Nigeria International Friendly 1
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
03 Apr 1999 Nigeria v Costa Rica D 1-1 World Youth Cup Finals Group A
07 Apr 1999 Nigeria v Germany W 2-0 World Youth Cup Finals Group A
10 Apr 1999 Nigeria v Paraguay L 1-2 World Youth Cup Finals Group A
14 Apr 1999 Nigeria v Republic of Ireland W 1-1 (5-4) World Youth Cup 2nd round
18 Apr 1999 Mali v Nigeria L 3-1 World Youth Cup Quarter-final
12 Mar 2000 Angola v Nigeria L 3-1 Olympics Africa group A
17 Jun 2000 Nigeria v Sierra Leone W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
09 Jul 2000 Liberia v Nigeria L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
04 May 2002 Nigeria v Kenya W 3-0 International Friendly
24 Mar 2007 Nigeria v Uganda W 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group 3
02 Jun 2007 Uganda v Nigeria L 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations Group 3
16 Jun 2007 Niger v Nigeria W 1-3 Africa Cup of Nations Group 3
08 Sep 2007 Nigeria v Lesotho W 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group 3
14 Oct 2007 Mexico v Nigeria D 2-2 International Friendly
17 Nov 2007 Australia v Nigeria L 1-0 International Friendly
20 Nov 2007 Switzerland v Nigeria W 0-1 International Friendly
29 Jan 2008 Nigeria v Benin W 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group B
30 May 2010 Colombia v Nigeria D 1-1 International Friendly
06 Jun 2010 Korea DPR v Nigeria W 1-3 International Friendly
17 Jun 2010 Greece v Nigeria L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
22 Jun 2010 Nigeria v Korea Republic D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.